DETROIT (AP) – A retired Northern Michigan University professor has compressed nearly a half-century of research into a book about Upper Peninsula history – and another distills tales of prohibition along the state’s northern border with Canada.

Russell Magnaghi says his “Upper Peninsula of Michigan: A History” explores Native American experiences, colonial-era fur trading and U.S. wars.

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The other new book is “Prohibition in the Upper Peninsula: Booze and Bootleggers on the Border.” The book examines bootlegging and rum-running on the Great Lakes during prohibition imposed from 1918 to 1933 and the tensions that led up to it.

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Magnaghi came to the Marquette school in 1969 and taught history until retiring in 2014. He says “every aspect of American history is highlighted in the Upper Peninsula.”

 

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